Inspired to Just Do Good!

“I have spent nearly 200 days in hospital. (almost 100 days in 2007 alone.) During this time; I was sick, misdiagnosed, operated on, had IV drips 24/7, and at stages was offered no hope or cure. I used visualisation, optimism and my passion for the ocean and life to overcome, survive and get out of hospital. I was lucky, I had something to live for! “ My Full Story here: ALL-HEART


In April 2016, as a middle aged, multiple cardiac surgery survivor, on the blood thinner warfarin, I sailed a tiny children’s Optimist dinghy over 200 Km in the open ocean. This represented each day I had  spent in hospital. My aim was to show people that small people can do big things.  We inspired patients,  kids and others to never ever give up, and we raised R300 000 for The New ICU at Red Cross Children’s Hospital.   Be a part of the journey and watch the trailer– HERE

Mission: To inspire many, raise funds for those in need, and to just Do Good!

Optimist (noun): definition = An optimist is a person who engages in positive thinking, or “looking on the bright side” of things. Optimism is the outlook that good things will happen, even if the situation may not appear totally positive at the moment.

An Optimist Dinghy: definition = The Optimist is a small (8 foot by 3.5 foot), single-handed sailing dinghy intended for use by children up to the age of 15. The Optimist (Opi) is known as a small Childs sailing dinghy, a bit of toy rather than a yacht. 

I want to use this Little Optimist children’s sailing dinghy as a metaphor and a vehicle to connect with kids, to promote positive thinking and belief, and to create a passion and purpose to overcome obstacles in life.

Through my work with children and The Children’s Hospital Trust, I have seen that many sick and scared kids (and everyday people)  have very little to fight and live for. They have no passion and no desire to get well and leave hospital, or even just to lead an inspired life.  As a child, I lacked confidence, had bad acne, was a poor student and  was bullied. Using my life changing experiences and adventures and with the backing of Warwick Wealth, I aim to inspire these kids to survive and thrive.  

To save children’s lives by inspiring them to get better, to teach them a skill, to create a passion and to raise funds and awareness for the CHILDRENS HOSPITAL TRUST and the Red Cross Hospital ICU as well as awareness for The Little Optimist Trust and its beneficiary Charities ( Children’s Hospital Trust, NSRI, Sharkspotters etc)

Thank You

To Everybody at Little Optimist Trust, Spar SA, Spar Hout Bay, Xpression on Beach, the Bertish Family and Kommetjie Surf Thank you so much for your delightful and very generous donation of Easter Eggs and cool drinks. Your gift is much appreciated and was such a treat...
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A Message To The Little Optimist 25/03/18

Hi Greg, We met briefly at Muizenburg beach on Sunday... You kindly gave me a copy of your book for my 6 year old son and I promised to send a donation I have just done so for the equivalent of 2 books (240) - wish I could spare more. Your work is amazing, I am so...
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The Story Of Greg Bertish

At age 30, Greg Bertish was diagnosed with Endocarditis, which is caused from a bacteria that attacks the heart valves. Tests revealed that his heart was swollen 30% bigger than normal, and his aortic valve was destroyed and almost non-existent. He was rushed in for...
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Donation to the The friends of the Children’s Hospital Association 09/03/2018

Dear Greg Thank you so much for your very generous donation of R11 200.00. Your gift is much appreciated and will be used for the benefit of the children hospitalised at the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital. Donations are crucial for the work carried out at...
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Kevin Langeree the Kite Surfing Champion pays The Little Optimist a visit at the Volvo Ocean Race

Kevin was So stoked to hook up and hang out with Greg Bertish and the Little Optimist. He too learned to sail in an Optimist, so they chatted about these amazing little boats and all they had learned while sailing them as kids. Kevin was so happy to receive a signed...
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Feedback From Hawaii! @ the Waimea Ocean Festival 3/01/18

First reviews coming in from Hawaii and the Waimea Ocean Film Festival, The Little Optimist is touching hearts and inspiring people. Nice work Robert Whitehead and a big shout out to Derek Stuart for representing the Little Optimist in Hawaii. The Little Optimistic is...
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Children’s Hospital Trust accepts 220 Extra books 18/12/17

The CEO of the Children's Hospital Trust; Louise Driver accepted 220 Extra Little Optimist books last week! "Christmas is not so much about opening presents. but about opening hearts" Merry Christmas Children!!...
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A big thank you to everyone in the assisting of the fundraising for the Red Cross Hospital

Thank you everyone! We are proud and honored to have assisted in the fundraising for the new ICU and the painting of the Hospital! It was a great honor to be able to have achieved this. A big thank you to the Children Hospital Trust, Cancer Doj, Vertical Logic Rope...
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The Little Optimist and his helpers! in Imizamo and Yethu 09/12/17

The  Little Optimist and his helpers hand out books to the children in Imizamo and Yethu. 120 Children received a book, for most of them it was their first book or their first book in their native tongue Xhosa. This allowing the children to build on their own hopes...
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A video of the Little Optimist @ the Volvo Ocean Race

The Little Optimist at the Volvo ocean race. 'Too small. too slow and too square to be a real sailing boat, this is what the bigger sailing boats tell the Little Optimist. Yet this Little Optimist has a huge heart! "...
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Inspiring kids to embrace their difference and to treat each other with respect, no matter how big or how small 😉

Greg doing his Never Ever Judge A Book By Its Cover talk at Camps Bay Primary school.

#FridayMotivation #SchoolTalks

If you're keen on having him over at your school to do a talk for the kids, please get in touch: |
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3 days ago

The most incredible talk and film tonight in Knysna!! Thank you! You are a true inspiration!! ... See MoreSee Less

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Help save Langebaan lagoon. PLEASE !
And thanks @johnvandervyfer and FRIDAY ISLAND
Watch and help here : only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing. - Edmund Burke Donate today and be the best you can be for our people and our...
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Making memories, offering hope and inspiration to those in need!
Thank you Two Oceans Marine Importers Coffee Merchants PRIMI PRIMI BOS World @kilowattav Under Armour and all at the Maitland Cottage Children's Orthopaedic Hospital. Smiles , laughs and love all round. Pics 12 PR & Media
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6 days ago

The Little Optimist

What a cool JOB opportunity! Admin/sales assistant - 6 month contract with opportunity to go full time.

True Blue Travel/ Ocean Riders & The Little Optimist Trust are looking for an all-round admin & sales assistant.

Roles may include:
· General reception duties
· Travel itineraries/ assisting agents
· SUP board sales/stock and invoicing
· Assisting with charity events for The Little Optimist
· General office admin
10 am – 5pm: Monday – Friday
Based in Paarden Island Cape Town.

Must have sales skill, ocean knowledge, online and PC skill and knowledge.
Salary R8000 – R12 000 per month
*based on flexibility, experience, event assistance and availability.

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